Pre-Installed Windows: It’s not just the Crapware.

We all know everyone hates pre-installed crapware on a new computer… even worse you uninstall it and think it’s gone. Many dont realize that all the uninstalling can really mess with the registry even at times making the installed windows unstable.

But this is not about the crapware side of things. Another issue with those oem installed windows installs is they are at times still old servic pack versions (XP sp2/Vista sp0) and the upgrade to the latest service pack can do just as much damage as the crapware uninstall.

So far I’ve had to totaly reinstall Vista on 2 machines that came with it pre-installed. Not a fun experience since either the computer NEEDS lots of custom software for major functions to work or they don’t give a drivers and software dvd. Acer gives the option to burn the “Drivers and Software” dvd and so far i’ve confirmed  Toshiba doesn’t since i had to make my own.

Another issue is activation… If the machine is a laptop it’s a pain to write down the key unless you turn off the machine and flip it over or if its a tower you got to crawl under your desk to write the key down. Unfortonatly i found a utility to backup/restore the oem activation onto the machine… This app could be abused but it has  major legal implications. You can download this utility here… I am only promoting this app for legal use with clean Vista installs on new machines with oem pre-installed versons.

Now comes the fun part of installing all the drivers and software the machine needs. This can take some time if there are lots of custom apps that are required or if its a feature rich machine with lots of drivers.

Anyway ill leave this post off on that note… Happy Clean Installs 🙂